By Charlotte Aguilar
The rumor that’s been spread in salon chairs and on local social media for weeks is official: Beautique Day Spa and Salon is leaving Rice Village after 67 years to relocate to Weslayan Plaza.
Rip Reynolds, leasing agent for Regency Centers, confirmed the move to Essentials Monday evening (Feb. 22). He said center management is prepping the spaces formerly occupied by JOANN Fabric and Crafts and Al’s Formal Wear on the west side of the plaza, and that Beautique will then handle its own buildout on the combined 11,000 square foot space.
Reynolds said Beautique is hoping to be ready for occupancy by the end of 2023, but that it may be the first quarter of 2024 before it opens. The business offers a full range of beauty and spa services for the face, hair, nails and body, as well as rejuvenation treatments.
In other news from Weslayan Plaza, Reynolds said he’s hoping to announce another new tenant next month, going into the space being vacated by Tuesday Morning on the side of the development facing Academy Street. He describes it as a “major national retailer…a great addition to the center and the area.”
Tuesday Morning, a discount center for household items, is holding a closing-business sale at Weslayan Plaza after a corporate announcement last week that the chain had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is closing 24 stores in Texas.
And Reynolds said a new wellness-beauty tenant has been acquired for a smaller space on the east side of the plaza, next to Skeeter’s Mesquite Grill.
Reynolds disputed that Randalls would be closing its Weslayan Plaza market, with speculation rampant since the Albertsons chain — of which it is part — agreed last fall to merge with Kroger. “Randalls is staying put,” he said.